Backpacking on the Perry Lake Trail

Join us for a new adventure on the Perry Lake Trail.  We will enjoy a new experience on the Perry Lake Trail by backpacking approximately 10-12 miles. We will load up our packs and explore the trail from a different vantage point than in the past by taking everything we need on our backs!  Although this is a beginning backpacking adventure, the trail is rated as moderately difficult and strenuous due to several steep inclines and declines as well as rough uneven terrain.  This will be a challenging adventure but a good experience for future backpacking adventures.

This adventure begins on Friday April 23rd at 1pm and should end Saturday April 24th mid to late afternoon.

We will talk about different packing and loading techniques for your pack, share some of the gear we love and hopefully demonstrate some HAMMOCK CAMPING – weather permitting. We are fair weather hammock campers!

When:  Friday April 23rd – Saturday April 24th

Check in time:  Friday April 23rd, 1:30pm

Estimated completion time: Saturday April 24th, mid-afternoon

What are you paying for?  We’ve done all the planning, made reservations, made contact with USACE and have a plan if an emergency arises. We’ve also pre-hiked and chosen a campground.  We’ll ensure that we have filtered drinking and cooking water, firewood and s’mores for dessert!  In addition, we’ll provide you with a gear list, clothing suggestions and a pack weigh in prior to the event.  Two experienced Dirty Girl Guides will be with you every step of the way!

Hike the Konza

Join us to enjoy spring on the Konza Prairie in the gorgeous Flint Hills of Kansas!  We will share information about the history, geology and all of the grasses and plants along the hike. “Tallgrass prairie once covered more than 170 million acres, from Canada through Texas and as far as Ohio in the east.  Rich prairie soils made the region prime for agricultural development. Most of the tallgrass prairie was converted to cropland within just a couple of decades, making this once expansive landscape North America’s most altered ecosystem in terms of acres lost.  Of the roughly 4 percent that remains today, most (about two-thirds) survives in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma.”

Located in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, Konza Prairie Biological Station is a native tallgrass prairie preserve primarily owned by The Nature Conservancy and operated by Kansas State University and managed as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology.

We plan to hike 2 of the 3 trail options – we will all hike the first 1.3 miles together then split as our trails separate. This means we will end at  different times – when you sign up choose your distance.  The 2.6 mile Nature trail is estimated to take approximately 2.5 hours and the 6.2 mile Godwin Hill Loop can take up to 4 hours BOTH have some steep inclines/declines.  

  • For this hike there are No dogs allowed which is a rule at the Konza all the time.
  • We suggest that you wear closed-toes shoes that are comfortable for hiking relatively rough terrain – much of this is rocky and gravelly with some steep inclines/declines.

Dirty Girls, Dudes and teenagers are welcome at this event.

We will send an email with some additional specific instructions prior to the event.  Please be aware that events can change due to weather and conditions, please check your email the day before the event. 

What are you paying for?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC will provide a guide, support on the trail and docent information throughout the event. We will also monitor the weather and conditions to ensure that our event and participants are safe.  Our knowledgeable and informed guide service includes a leading guide and a sweep guide during the hike. Trail support including first aid, knowledge of the environment and locale, safety monitoring, pacing, interpretive information on the environment and location.

In case you are wondering about our refund policy – refunds are given up to one week before the date of the event no questions asked. After that, refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. Dirty Girl Adventures may cancel an event due to weather or conditions. Everyone will receive a refund if that is the reason for the cancellation. We will paddle and hike in cool, rainy or snowy conditions. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or other dangerous conditions.

Beginning Backpack Adventure!

Join us March 13th and 14th for this excursion to Arkansas for the perfect beginning backpacking adventure!   We’ve scoped out the trail, planned the camping spot and we’re prepared to guide you, support your experience on the trail and have a GREAT adventure with YOU!  We will travel to Hobbs State Park near Beaver Lake where we’ll hike a 8.5 miles on the Pigeon Roost Trail.  Although this is a beginning backpacking adventure, the trail is rated as moderately difficult and strenuous due to several hill climbs. The trail winds through narrow hollows and up and along rugged ridges. It travels through stands of native pines, hardwoods, and typical Ozark vegetation.  There are several locations that offer great views of the Van Hollow branch of Beaver Lake.  Participants can choose to arrive Friday and arrange lodging or camping on their own.  The trail is located in the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area approximately 20 minutes from Rogers, Arkansas.

What are you paying for?  We’ve done all the planning, made reservations, made contact with area park rangers and have a plan if an emergency arises. We’ve also pre-hiked and chosen a campground.  We’ll ensure that we have filtered drinking and cooking water, firewood and s’mores for dessert!  In addition, we’ll provide you with a gear list, clothing suggestions and a BONUS pre-hike and pack weigh-in event at the Perry Lake Trail on Saturday March 6th at 10am to help you hone your plan.  Two experienced Dirty Girl Guides will be with you every step of the way!

When:  Saturday March 13th through Sunday March 14th, 2021  (The average temperature range for these date is from 39* to 60* – perfect!)

Check in time:  Saturday March 13th 10:30am

Estimated completion time: Sunday March 14th 1:00pm

Bonus Hike and pack weigh-in:  Saturday March 6th 10am Perry Lake Trail (details provided with registration)




Dirty Girl’s Day off!

1456006_607173832657359_1876503145_n-520x279What does a dirty girl do on a day off?  Well, in truth, a wide variety of things, some not so exciting BUT sometimes it IS exciting!  This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to compete in the “O” Challenge with my partner and decidedly dirty girl, Shelley.  We have done several Adventure Races together in the past.  We were pretty excited to undertake a new challenge sponsored by Lake Adventures at beautiful Milford Lake Kansas.  What is the “O” Challenge?  It is an orienteering event, using a topographical satellite map marked with UTM points, racers use a compass (no GPS allowed) to locate checkpoints.  In adventure racing you do the same thing but your mode of travel includes trekking, biking and paddling.  Basically, you get a map with places marked on it and you need to get to all of them in any order within a set amount of time.  Lake Milford is beautiful and has some lovely trails…
The trails were virtually irrelevant for this particular adventure though! We went off road and did a LOT of brush whacking to find our points!  Totally fun!
A very cool thing about this “extreme sport” is the comradery among the competitors.  We are all competing but, generally, we are also sort of all in it together.  Shelley and I aren’t fast and in this race she caught her toe and pulled a muscle so we were slower than usual.  However, these types of races don’t have to be about speed.  The truth is good navigation skills and perseverance make a difference.   Shelley always asks questions like, “what strategy can we use to find this point?”  Sometimes the strategy is get close and wander around!
We sometimes join up with another team of similar speed and work together.  It is fun to get to know people from different places with the same interests even for a few passing moments in the brush!  We spent some time with a team of guys looking for a couple of points, Lee and Mike.  They were nice and funny (their team name was Nutz in the Water)  it was their second race ever.  We couldn’t find point #14 and we went our separate ways.  Later, they doubled back and found it then told us how close we had been on the first pass.  UGH!  Oh, well!
It is a challenge to articulate the level of challenge in this type of race when the world is flooded with races that are full of created challenges like mud pits and electric shocks.  I think that some of those races would be fun and all of them would be hard but I really love that this is a “real” challenge.  This challenge is natural and is overcome by strength, endurance and intellect also maybe some luck!  We traveled a theoretical distance of about 13 miles.  We wandered around a bit, not always taking the shortest path so it seems possible that we traveled farther than that.
This is what a check point looks like.  Can you see it?  It is that orange thing hanging in the middle of the fall colored orangy forest!  Sometimes people steal or remove points like this.  Irritating!  Check point #4 was stolen on this event.  We searched and as we were discussing giving up Charmion (race director) arrived to check it out.  She confirmed that it was missing and left a note for future racers.  Pretty annoying since the checkpoints have a note on them explaining what they are and asking you not to remove them.  Some people are just weenies!
We tramped through poison ivy, brambles, green briar and up and down hills.  I almost peed my pants when I nearly stepped on a snake!  I screamed and the guys laughed since I had just told them about the Dirty Girls.  (Remember, Dirty Girls can scream at things like snakes and fish jumping into the kayak!)    Shelley was a total trooper since she kept going with the major muscle pull.  We found 19 of 22 points in 6 hours and 21 minutes taking 2nd place in the women’s division.  Pretty exciting!  I love a race that you can win or place with a time in hours instead of minutes!  The Golden Girls beat us because they found that darn #14!  They are pretty awesome navigators!  We had a great time and can’t wait to race again!  It sometimes strikes me as we wander through some tough cedar trees that many people would think we were insane to choose to do this.  Then I smile and laugh and give thanks for the opportunity to be outside using my body and my brain and to meet like minded people of all ages, races, backgrounds and experiences coming together to do the same awesome thing!
This was the last check point that we found.  It was a good day!  What do you do on your day off?  I hope it is something that you love!!
Denise ~ The Original Dirty Girl